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August 2019

         

                Aug 7         Aug 15           Aug 23        Aug 30


  • Aug    6 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Aug    2 9:00 p.m. Friday Lackawanna State Park
  • Aug  10 7:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night and Summer Cookout
  • Aug  13 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors
  • Aug  16  9:00 p.m. Friday Francis Slocum State Park
  • Aug  24 9:00 p.m. Saturday Promised Land State Park

Meteor shower: 2019 Aug 11-12 Perseid peak Moon interferes early evening, better after Midnight.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.
2019 Aug 9 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation at magnitude 0.4; Good height above horizon.

Evening Sky in the south after Sunset
2019 Aug 9 The First Quarter Moon is 1.4 degrees above -2.4 magnitude Jupiter.
2019 Aug 11 The Gibbous Moon is 4 degrees right of 0.4 magnitude Saturn.


September 2019

         

              Sept 5         Sept 14        Sept 21         Sept 28


  • Sep    3 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Sep    7 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Sep  10 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Evening Sky in the south after Sunset
2019 Sep 5 First Quarter Moon is right of Jupiter and 4 degrees apart. Less 2 degress apart near sunrise.
2019 Sep 7 Gibbous Moon is right of Saturn and 6 degrees apart.


October 2019

         

                Oct 5           Oct 13          Oct 21          Oct 27


  • Oct   1 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Oct   5 7:30 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Oct   8 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Meteor shower: 2019 Oct 8-9 Draconids peak,some interference from moonlight
Meteor shower: 2019 Oct 20-21 Orionids peak,some interference from moonlight

Evening Sky in the south after Sunset
2019 Oct 10 Near Full Moon is 4 degrees below 7.8 magnitude Neptune.
2019 Oct 15 Full Moon is below and 5 degrees from 5.7 magnitude and Uranus.
2019 Oct 20 Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation; magnitude -0.1, Extremely poor event, very low to horizon.
2019 Oct 31 Crescent Moon is 4 degrees left of Jupiter


November 2019

         

                Nov 4           Nov 12         Nov 19         Nov 26


  • Nov   5 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Nov   9 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Nov 12 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Evening Sky in the south after Sunset
2019 Nov 2 Gibbous Moon and Saturn 8.2 degrees apart.
2019 Nov 7 Fat Gibbous Moon is 5 degrees below 7.8 magnitude Neptune.
2019 Nov 11 Near Full Moon and Uranus 5 degrees apart.

2019 Nov 15 Moon Occultation of Mu Geminorum (2.9 mag.) ends  at 8:26 pm low on ENE horizon

2019 Nov 24 Jupiter (-1.9 mag) and Venus (-4.3 mag) are 1.5 degrees apart. ****

Morning Sky in the east before Sunrise
2019 Nov 24 Crescent Moon is left of 1.7 magnitude Mars. Mercury, at magnitude -0.2,
is 9.5 degrees below Mars.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset
2019 Nov 28 Crescent Moon is 1 degree above Venus. Jupiter is 4 degrees right of Venus.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.
2019 Nov 28 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation; Magnitude -0.5: Very good height above horizon.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset
2019 Nov 29 Crescent Moon is 1.5 degress below Saturn.


December 2019

         

                Dec 4           Dec 12         Dec 19         Dec 26


  • Dec   3 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Dec   7 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night

Meteor Shower: 2019 Dec 13-14 Geminids Meteors peak, moonlight interferes.

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset
2019 Dec 11 Venus at -4.0, magnitude is 2 degrees below Saturn.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise.
2019 Dec 22 Crescent Moon and Mars are 6.0 degrees apart.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset
2019 Dec 28 Thin Crescent Moon and Venus 3 degrees apart.


January 2020

  • Jan     7 7:30 p.m.  Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Jan   11 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Jan   14 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Moon Phases this Month

Jan 3      Jan 10     Jan 17    Jan 24  

Lunar Phases this Month

Jan   3 First Quarter Moon
Jan   3 8:31 pm 404578 km at Apogee
Jan 10 Full Moon
Jan 13 4:22 pm 365963 km at Perigee
Jan 17 Third Quarter Moon
Jan 24 New Moon
Jan 30 09:29 pm 405389 km at Apogee

Meteor shower: 2020 Jan 4 04:30 Quadrantids peak,  ZHR=120

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky
2020 Jan Asteroid Vesta, past opposition, is still bright at 7.4 in Taurus 

Morning Sky, 2 hour before Sunrise in the south
2020 May 12 Jupiter and Saturn 4 degrees apart
2020 May 12 Moon and Saturn 6 degrees apart
2020 May 12 Moon and Jupiter 3 degrees apart
2020 May 14 Moon and Mars 9 degrees apart
2020 May 15 Moon and Mars 4.5 degrees apart
2020 May 15 Saturn and Jupiter 5 degrees apart

Evening Sky in the west at Sunset
2020 May 24 Moon and Mercury 6 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)
2020 May 24 Moon and Venus 11 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)
2020 May 24 Mercury and Venus 6 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)


February 2020

  • Feb     4 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Feb     8 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Feb   11 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Moon Phases this Month

Feb 1      Feb 9     Feb 15    Feb 23  

EVENTS IN THE SKY 

Lunar Phases this Month

Feb   1 First Quarter Moon
Feb   9 Full Moon
Feb 10 4:32 pm 360463 km at Perigee
Feb 15 Third Quarter Moon
Feb 23 New Moon
Feb 26 6:36 am 406276 km at Apogee

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky in the south and west
Two bright stars occult on the same evening
2020 Feb 5 Moon occult’s Eta Geminorum (3.3 mag.) Ingress 7:40 pm, Egress 8:41 pm
2020 Feb 6 Moon occult Mu Geminorum (2.8 mag.) Ingress 12:30 am, Egress 1:17 am
2020 Feb 8 Near Full Moon occult’s 39 Cancri (6.3 mag.) and other stars in Beehive  Cluster, M44. Ingress 6:26 am

Morning Sky, 30 minutes before Sunrise in the east.
Moon is 18 degrees above horizon, locate Moon well before sunrise to follow event in daylight sky.

2020 Feb 18 08:30 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, First Contact,
2020 Feb 18 08:30 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, Second Contact
2020 Feb 18 09:14 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, Mid-occultation
2020 Feb 18 09:58 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, Third Contact
2020 Feb 18 09:58 Crescent Moon occult’s Mars, Last Contact
2020 Feb 20  Moon and Saturn 4 degrees apart


March 2020

  • Mar   3 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Mar   7 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Mar 10 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Moon Phases this Month

Mar 2      Mar 9     Mar 16    Mar 24  

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Mar   2 First Quarter Moon
Mar   9 Full Moon
Mar 10 1:34 am 357122 km at Perigee
Mar 16 Third Quarter Moon
Mar 24 New Moon
Mar 24 11:24 am 406688 km at Apogee

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise low in the south east horizon
2020 Mar 15 – 22 Mars move past Jupiter past Jupiter (very close passage)
2020 Mar 18 Moon and Mars 2 degrees apart
2020 Mar 18 Moon and Jupiter 2 degrees apart
2020 Mar 18 Moon and Saturn 7 degrees apart
2020 Mar 20 Mars and Jupiter 30 arc seconds apart (closest separation)
2020 Mar 22 Mars and Pluto are 30 arc seconds apart (Pluto is 14 magnitude, Mars outshine at 1st magnitude)
2020 Mar 23 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation, Diam=7″, Mag=0.3

Evening Sky, very high in western sky at sunset
2020 Mar 24 Venus Greatest Eastern Elongation, Diam=24″, Mag=-4.4


April 2020

  • Apr     7 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Apr   11 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing
  • Apr   14 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Moon Phases this Month

Apr 1      Apr 7     Apr 14     Apr 22    Apr 30   

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Apr   1 First Quarter Moon
Apr   7 2:10 pm 356908 km at Perigee
Apr   7 Full Moon
Apr 14 Third Quarter Moon
Apr 20 2:02 pm 406461 km at Apogee
Apr 22 New Moon
Apr 30 First Quarter Moon

Meteor shower: 2020 Apr 21 Lyrids peak, ZHR=15

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky
2020 Apr 2 Asteroid 3 Juno is at opposition at Mag 10.0

Morning Sky, 2 hour before Sunrise in the south
2020 Apr 15 Jupiter and Saturn 5.5 degrees apart
2020 Apr 15 Moon and Jupiter 7 degrees apart
2020 Apr 15 Moon and Saturn 3 degrees apart
2020 Apr 15 Moon and Mars 9 degrees apart
2020 Apr 15 Mars and Saturn 9.5 degrees apart
2020 Apr 16 Moon and Mars 4 degrees apart


May 2020

  • May    5 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • May    9 8:00 Saturday Club Observing Night
  • May ?? 7:00 p.m. Saturday ASTRONOMY DAY
  • May   12 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Moon Phases this Month

May 7    May 14    May 22    May 29   

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

May   7 2:05 am 359655 km at Perigee
May   7 Full Moon
May 14 Third Quarter Moon
May 18 2:46 am 405583 km at Apogee
May 22 New Moon
May 29 First Quarter Moon

Meteor shower: 2020 May 6 eta-Aquarids peak, ZHR=60. Very little interference from Moonlight.

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, 2 hour before Sunrise in the south
2020 May 12 Jupiter and Saturn 4 degrees apart
2020 May 12 Moon and Saturn 6 degrees apart
2020 May 12 Moon and Jupiter 3 degrees apart
2020 May 14 Moon and Mars 9 degrees apart
2020 May 15 Moon and Mars 4.5 degrees apart
2020 May 15 Saturn and Jupiter 5 degrees apart

Evening Sky in the west at Sunset 
2020 May 24 Moon and Mercury 6 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)
2020 May 24 Moon and Venus 11 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)
2020 May 24 Mercury and Venus 6 degrees apart (difficult at sunset)


June 2020

  • June    2 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • June    6 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night and COOKOUT
  • June   8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Moon Phases this Month

June 5    June 13    June 21    June 28   

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Jun   4 11:38 pm 364365 km at Perigee
Jun   5 Full Moon
Jun 13 Third Quarter Moon
Jun 16 8:58 pm 404596 km at Apogee
Jun 21 New Moon
Jun 28 First Quarter Moon
Jun 31 10:10 pm 368957 km at Perigee

Meteor shower: 2020 Jun 27 June Bootids peak, ZHR=50

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky, in West at sunset
2020 Jun 4 Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation, Diam=8″, Mag=0.6

Morning Sky, after midnight
2020 Jun 8 Moon and Saturn 12 degrees apart
2020 Jun 8 Jupiter and Saturn 5 degrees apart
2020 Jun 13 Moon and Mars 5 degrees apart
2020 Jun 13 Mars and Neptune 1.5 degrees apart

Morning Sky, 45 minutes before Sunrise look east
2020 Jun 19 Moon and Venus 1 degree apart


July 2020

  • July   7 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • July 11 7:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night and Summer Cookout
  • July ?? 9:00 p.m. Saturday  State Park
  • July ?? 9:00 p.m. Saturday  State Park
  • TGCO JULY LECTURE SERIES  (Dates To Be Determined)

Moon Phases this Month

July 5    July 12    July 20    July 27   

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Jul   5 Full Moon
Jul 12 Third Quarter Moon
Jul 12 3:28 pm 404200 km at Apogee
Jul 20 New Moon
Jul 26 12:55 am 368366 km at Perigee
Jul 27 First Quarter Moon

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky before midnight.
2020 Jul 5 Full Moon and Saturn 4 degrees
2020 Jul 5 Full Moon and Jupiter 5 degrees
2020 Jul 5 Full Moon and Jupiter 5 degrees

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, before sunrise in SSW sky
2020 Jul 12 3rd Quarter Moon and Mars 6 degrees apart

Morning Sky, before sunrise in the East
2020 Jul 17 Thin Crescent Moon and Venus 3 degrees apart
2020 Jul 18 Thin Crescent Moon and Mercury 3 degrees apart
2020 Jul 22 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation, Diam=8″, Mag=0.3


August 2020

  • Aug   4 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Aug  ??  9:00 p.m. Friday  State Park
  • Aug    8 7:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night and Summer Cookout
  • Aug  11 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors
  • Aug  ??  9:00 p.m. Friday  State Park
  • Aug??9:00 p.m. Saturday State Park

Moon Phases this Month

Aug 1    Aug 9    Aug 16    Aug 23   

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Aug   3 Full Moon
Aug   9 8:52 am 404657 km at Apogee
Aug 11 Third Quarter Moon
Aug 18 New Moon
Aug 21 7:00 am 363512 km at Perigee
Aug 25 First Quarter Moon

Meteor shower: 2020 Aug 11-12 Perseids peak Moon interferes early evening, better after Midnight.

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky before midnight
2020 Aug 1 Moon and Jupiter 3 degrees apart

Morning Sky, after midnight

2020 Aug 9 Moon and Mars 1.2 degrees apart
2020 Aug 12 Venus Greatest Western Elongation, Diam=24″, Mag=-4.3
2020 Aug 13 Moon occult’s Epsilon Tauri (3.5 mag.) Ingress 1:25 am, Egress 2:08 am

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky before midnight
2020 Aug 13 Eunomia at opposition in Aquarius, Mag. 8.2
2020 Aug 28 Ceres at opposition in Aquarius, Mag. 7.7
2020 Aug 28 Saturn and Jupiter 8 degrees apart
2020 Aug 28 Moon and Jupiter 2.3 degrees apart
2020 Aug 29 Moon and Saturn 5 degrees apart


September 2020

  • Sep    1 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Sep    5 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Sep    8 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Moon Phases this Month

Sep 2    Sep 10    Sep 17    Sep 23   

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Sep   2 Full Moon
Sep   7 2:32 am 405605 km at Apogee
Sep 10 Third Quarter Moon
Sep 17 New Moon
Sep 18 9:45 am 359080 km at Perigee
Sep 23 First Quarter Moon

Evening Sky, in the ESE sky before midnight
2020 Sep 5 Moon and Mars 0.5 degrees apart (very close)

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east
2020 Sep 14 Moon and Venus 5 degrees apart

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky early evening
2020 Sep 24 Saturn and Jupiter 7 degrees apart
2020 Sep 24 Moon and Jupiter 5 degrees apart
2020 Sep 25 Moon and Saturn 3 degrees apart


October 2020

  • Oct    6 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Oct  10 7:30 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Oct  13 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Moon Phases this Month

Oct 1      Oct 9     Oct 16    Oct 23   Oct 31  

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Oct   1 Full Moon
Oct   3 1:24 pm 406319 km at Apogee
Oct   9 Third Quarter Moon
Oct 16 New Moon
Oct 16 7:48 pm 356912 km at Perigee
Oct 23 First Quarter Moon
Oct 31 Full Moon
Oct 31 10:47 pm 406392 km at Apogee

Meteor shower: 2020 Oct 8-9 Draconids peak,some interference from moonlight
Meteor shower: 2020 Oct 20-21 Orionids peak,some interference from moonlight

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky, in the ESE sky early evening
2020 Oct 1 Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation, Diam=7″, Mag=0.1 (very, very low on horizon)
2020 Oct 2 Moon and Mars 1.2 degrees apart (close)

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.
2020 Oct 13 Crescent Moon and Venus 8 degrees apart
2020 Oct 14 Crescent Moon and Venus 6 degrees apart

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky early evening
2020 Oct 23 Saturn and Jupiter 6 degrees apart
2020 Oct 23 Moon and Jupiter 4 degrees apart
2020 Oct 23 Moon and Saturn 4 degrees apart
2020 Oct 29 Moon and Mars 4 degrees apart


November 2020

  • Nov   3 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Nov   7 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night
  • Nov 10 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Board of Directors meeting

Moon Phases this Month

Nov 8    Nov 15    Nov 22    Nov 30  

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Nov   8 Third Quarter Moon
Nov 14 6:49 am 357838 km at Perigee
Nov 15 New Moon
Nov 22 First Quarter Moon
Nov 28 7:30 pm 405890 km at Apogee
Nov 30 Full Moon and Penumbra Eclipse

Comets:  Current comets

Evening Sky
2020 Nov 1 Flora at opposition in Cetus, Mag. 8.0

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.
2020 Nov 10 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation, Diam=7″, Mag=-0.5 (low altutude)
2020 Nov 10 Mercury and Venus 13 degrees apart
2020 Nov 12 Crescent Moon and Venus 7 degrees apart
2020 Nov 13 Moon and Mercury 5 degrees apart

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky early evening
2020 Nov 19 Saturn and Jupiter 4.5 degrees apart
2020 Nov 19 Moon and Jupiter 7 degrees apart
2020 Nov 19 Moon and Saturn 5 degrees apart
2020 Nov 25 Moon and Mars 4 degrees apart

Morning Sky in the west, Penumbra Eclipse, half of the Moon in penumbra shadow NOT a TOTAL Eclipse
2020 Nov 30 03:31 Lunar Eclipse, Enter Penumbra,
2020 Nov 30 04:25 Lunar Eclipse, Penumbra First Visible
2020 Nov 30 05:44 Lunar Eclipse, Mid-eclipse
2020 Nov 30 07:02 Lunar Eclipse, Penumbra Last Visible
2020 Nov 30 07:55 Lunar Eclipse, Exit Penumbra


December 2020

  • Dec   1 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Monthly Meeting at T.G.Cupillari Observatory
  • Dec   5 8:00 p.m. Saturday Club Observing Night

Moon Phases this Month

Dec 7    Dec 14    Dec 21    Dec 29  

EVENTS IN THE SKY

Lunar Phases this Month

Dec   7 Third Quarter Moon
Dec 12 3:43 pm 361776 km at Perigee
Dec 14 New Moon
Dec 21 First Quarter Moon
Dec 24 11:33 am 405009 km at Apogee
Dec 29 Full Moon

Meteor Shower: 2020 Dec 13-14 Geminids Meteors peak, Moonlight Interferes.

Comets:  Current comets

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.
2020 Dec 12 18:01 Crescent Moon and Venus 4 degrees apart

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky early evening
2020 Dec 17 Saturn and Jupiter 0.5 degrees apart (very close)
2020 Dec 17 Thin Crescent Moon and Jupiter 9 degrees apart
2020 Dec 17 Thin Crescent Moon and Saturn 9 degrees apart
2020 Dec 23 Moon and Mars 5 degrees apart